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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
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- Impressive focal range
- Travel friendly size, packs small and stays small with a manual lock switch on side of barrel. Note: lens can only be locked at 70mm range as it is for travel only. Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
- Focus Adjustment Type - lens extension via inner focusing focus cam, plus floating mechanism.Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/ 3.9ft
- Note that when the inner lens is fully extended (300mm) it's approximately 8.25" in overall length. The 5.6" measurement is at the 70mm range when lens is closed/locked.
- Suitable for Nature/ landscape/ sports/ travel photography
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-73B|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 5.63 inches|
|Item Weight||2.31 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.20 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||19|
|Number of Groups||14|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||3.3 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
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|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||28 millimeters||100 millimeters||100||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters|
Ultra-high quality and lightning fast Canon L series lens Optical Image Stabilization System increases usability by approximately four stops The lens features a function that prevents erroneous operation when the lens is mounted on a tripod or monopod The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness from 3.9' (1.2m) to infinity Two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration The lens accepts an optional removable tripod collar, and is dust and water resistant The Fluorine coating keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum
From the Manufacturer
Designed to deliver ultra-high quality images along with lightning fast operation, the new Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom lens brings a favorite zoom range to the celebrated Canon L-series of lenses. It features two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration, incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness from close up to infinity, plus an IS system that increases usability by approximately four stops. The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM features a function that prevents erroneous operation when the lens is mounted on a tripod or monopod. Gleaming white, with a removable tripod collar, dust and water resistant construction, and a newly developed Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum, its phenomenal performance and flexibility is assured. For portraiture or to bring what's far away up close, this addition to the L-series is guaranteed to perform.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
- Diagonal Angle of View: 34' - 8° 15'
- Focus Adjustment: Lens extension via inner focusing and focus cam plus floating mechanism
- Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/ 3.9ft
- Drive System: Ring USM
- Filter Size: 67 mm dia., P=0.75 mm /1 filter
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.5 x 5.6 in, 2.31 lbs. / 89 x 143mm, 1050g
Top Customer Reviews
Concerning handling, some reviews criticize the location of the zoom ring on this lens. I find that to be an empty criticism unless perhaps you are very set in your methods and very much in a hurry. Here is what I find using this lens: The focus ring is wide so it feels just as natural to hold either focus ring or the zoom ring (which is closer to the end glass). Holding the lens farther forward (the zoom ring) improves stability, and shot composition using the zoom is then easy to tweak. Meanwhile, the fast and very accurate ultrasonic focus motor does a great job in critical focusing. If focus isn't exactly correct you could move your hand to the focus ring and get it perfect. But doing that is typically slower than re-aiming the focus sensor and refocusing automatically before taking your shot. So think about how you approach fast-action shooting and decide for yourself whether the zoom ring needs to be in the same location for every lens. For me - I get more useful material thinking about composition, using autofocus, and taking extra shots.
Optically, this lens is a gem. It is extremely crisp. Details are sharp and (with the 6D body) colors have beautiful, natural saturation. I couldn't believe the minimal lens flare when the sun is in the frame! These are sophisticated optics! Still, there are always compromises. In this lens, you get a wide zoom range (70-300) in a small overall package. What you give up is long-end maximum aperture - only f5.6. While that f5.6 is a bit of a downside, here is the nominal maximum aperture (reported by the EOS 6D body) vs. zoom range - you can decide for yourself whether the working apertures are adequate. f4.0 = 70-100mm, f4.5 = 100-160mm, f5.0 = 160-220mm, f5.6 = 220-300mm. In the shooting I have done so far, any kind of daylight and you're good. In dim conditions, you will be pushing ISO (and loosing detail) or needing a steady rest or tripod. FWIW, I find I'm rarely zoomed out into the f5.6 range, plus the image stabilization has never given me a shaky image in daylight. At long reaches I get slightly sharper images when the lens aperture is stopped down at least to f8.
In summary, color rendition, contrast and sharpness are the really strong points of this lens. The fact that it is relatively small and easily packed means it can be with me whenever needed. I can hardly wait to tote this little rig on a flight to some exotic spot where the beauty of nature and people is there for the taking. Update: I have now been halfway around the world with this kit (6D body and two zoom lenses), carrying it all day/every day. You do notice some weight but it is very manageable. The trade-off is there is no substitute for the L series lens quality and the results speak for themselves. Looking at the photos people comment that the places visited look incredible! That impression starts with the technical quality of the lenses and body. [Tip from experience: I find it useful to check the AF and IS switch settings each time the lens goes on the camera because they can accidentally change during handling plus it is easy to forget that you intentionally changed them.]
Well, upon receiving the lens, I must admit I was nearly won over before I had even mounted the thing on a camera. It's simply a gorgeous piece of engineering. The size and heft are substantial without being too much. The zoom and focus rings work with a wonderful smoothness and precision. The latest generation IS does an amazing job allowing hand held shots at 300 mm to be accomplished at very slow shutter speeds while retaining sharpness as long as your subject itself is stationary. I have found that it makes an excellent portrait lens...something I did not originally purchase it for. The focus seems much more sure and precise than my 100-400 does on my 7D body. The size and balance is ideal on the 7D with a battery grip. I have yet to use it on either of my 1D series bodies, but I am quite certain it will feel great on them as well.
Optically the lens is very similar to my 70-200 mm f/4L...which is to say it does not get much better than this! There is a certain look...a crispness of detail and clarity that causes the images to just have that something special. I can shoot wide open and know that the shots will be sharp. With a bit of planning, you can get nicely defocused backgrounds in portraits. For photographing birds, if you are able to get reasonably close (shooting from a blind, car, etc.) the lens has decent reach and if you are using a high megapixel "crop-sensor" camera you can usually get even closer with post-processing cropping.
So is this lens for you? That I cannot say. I think it will appeal to lots of professional and amateur shooters, however, and if it meets your needs for range and type of shooting I doubt many will find much fault with it. As the owner of six Canon "L" lenses, I have to say that this new 70-300 may quickly become my overall favorite!